An EMU service from Moore Market complex to Gummudipundi ran without a guard from Atipattu to Ponneri stations on the Chennai Central – Gudur section on Thursday.
According to Southern Railway sources, when commuters of the MMC-Gummudipundi EMU wanted to make a complaint about non-functioning of fans in their compartment at Nandiampakkam station, they were shocked to find that the guard was not in his compartment. After the EMU reached Ponneri station, they staged a demonstration before the Station Manager's room.
Meanwhile, the guard who missed the EMU at Atipattu got into the subsequent EMU service and reached Ponneri, and took charge of the train. A departmental enquiry has been ordered.